FAQ about your Server Permit or ABC Card



What do I do if I misplace or lose my ABC Card?

How do I get my permit after I’ve passed the class and completed my application?

  • Log onto https://rlps.abc.tn.gov/citizenaccess/
  • Select “My Records”
  • Underneath the title RLPS ID, Select the option that begins with (PERSER-***-******)
  • Look underneath Record Details
  • Select Print or View: License/Permit/Certificate (make sure you’re pop up blocker is turned off)
  • A New window will open with your Permit. At this point you are now able to print your permit to give to your employer.

If you lose your permit, log into your RLPS system repeat the above steps, and you can reprint one from there.  

If you need further assitance completing your application, or questions about the application process please contact your local TABC office listed below:

Help Desk: 615-532-1915

Help Desk: 615-532-1912

(Click on the address for a map link)

Is there a grace period for obtaining a card?

There is a sixty-one (61) day grace period from date of hire or a promotion from a non-serving position to a serving position (example - host to server). If you already have an ABC card and your card is about to expire, you must obtain a new permit before your old one expires with no grace period. If you have worked at an alcohol establishment in your 61 day grace period, you do not get a new grace period if you move to a new establishment.

How do I pay?

ABC Permit trainers typically only accepts cash and company checks and do not accept personal checks. Some trainers are accepting major credit cards; however you will need to check with your trainer once you sign up for a class. You can find your trainers contact information by clicking on the selected class you are interested in. 

***Notice*** Your application money ($20) is paid online to the TABC, you will only need to bring money for the cost of the class. Please click on the calendar to view the price of the class.

Please keep in mind cost of the class is separate from the permit itself. 

What is the ABC?

The Alcoholic Beverage Commission is responsible for the enforcement and regulation of all phases of liquor by the drink in most states.

What is A Server Permit/ABC Card?

The ABC Permit is what you need to serve alcohol at any liquor-by-the-drink establishment in most states. A 5 hour instructional class is required by law to obtain this card. In this class you will learn alcohol awareness, the proper techniques for prevention and carding, and proper intervention. This also keeps you up to date on any changes in the laws on service of alcohol. Just taking the alcohol awareness class does not make you legal to serve alcohol in Tennessee. The server permit is issued electronically through the RLPS account.

How do I acquire my ABC Server Permit?

Register for a class http://www.abcpermits.com/calendar . Once you have registered you will receive a confirmation e-mail with a link to complete your Server Permit Application.

You will pay a $20 fee online once you have completed your Server Permit Application through the state's website. You will need to bring cash at the time of your class.

 Please arrive 15 minutes early to class, bring your ID and cash for the class. If you would like to bring extra money for food. 

Step 1: Register for your class at www.abcpermits.com

Step 2: Receive the link to the RLPS System to complete your application for your permit. 

Step 3: Register for your account in the RLPS 

Step 4: Complete application and pay $20 application fee. 

Step 5: Come to class with your RLPS Number to give your trainer. Take a picture of the RLPS with your phone or print it off.

Step 6: Pass the class

Step 7: Log into your RLPS account within 48 hours to view/print your Server Permit.

Step 8: Print your permit and give to your employer.

Step 9: If you log in and do not see your server permit, please contact your trainer first to make sure correct RLPS number was submitted correctly.